Top Ten's per Decade The Tens 2010-2019 RIAA shipments
2011 - Adele - 21 - 10m
2010 - Taylor Swift - Speak Now - 4m
2012 - Taylor Swift - Red - 4m
2010 - Eminem - Recovery - 3m
2010 - Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - 3m
2010 - Justin Bieber - My World 2.0 - 3m
2010 - Susan Boyle - The Gift - 3m Soundscan
2011 - Adele - 21 - 10,396,000
2010 - Eminem - Recovery - 4,401,000
2010 - Taylor Swift - Speak Now - 4,312,000
2010 - Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - 3,970,000
2012 - Taylor Swift - Red - 3,436,000
2010 - Justin Bieber - My World 2.0 - 3,263,000
2011 - Michael Buble - Christmas - 3,077,000
6 of the 7 titles are on both lists. Susan Boyle hasn't reached 3m on soundscan and the Michael Buble album hasn't been certified at all.
Even at this early stage in the decade it is difficult to see any album beating Adele. First, it is still selling - second, downloads of individuals songs are far greater than complete albums - and third, all the older artists (like The Beatles) are very unlikely to have 10 million selling new compilations.The Noughties 2000 - 2009 RIAA shipments
2000 - The Beatles - One - 11m
2000 - N'Sync - No Strings - 11m
2002 - Norah Jones - Come Away - 10m
2000 - Eminem - Marshall Mathers - 10m
2002 - Eminem - Eminem Show - 10m
2004 - Usher - Confessions - 10m
2000 - Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory - 10m
2001 - Britney Spears - Ooops - 10m
2000 - Nelly - Country Grammar - 9m
2005 - Nickelback - All the Right Reasons - 8m Soundscan
2000 - The Beatles - One - 12,161,000
2000 - N'Sync - No Strings - 11,140,000
2002 - Norah Jones - Come Away - 10,913,000
2000 - Eminem - Marshall Mathers - 10,678,000
2002 - Eminem - Eminem Show - 10,156,000
2004 - Usher - Confessions - 10,075,000
2000 - Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory - 10,058,000
2001 - Britney Spears - Ooops - 9,210,000
2000 - Nelly - Country Grammar - 8,534,000
2003 - 50 Cent - Get Rich - 8,179,000
9 titles appear on both lists.
A very contempary look to the chart except for the Beatles.
Nothing in this decade so far has sold anything like stuff in previous years - that is 20m plus - and doesn't look likely to.
Ironically, N'Sync's No Strings had the biggest ever calender sale in US record history in the year 2000 selling 9,936,104
copies. That figure may never be beaten.The 1990's RIAA Shipments
1997 - Shania Twain - Come On Over - 20m
1992 - Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard - 17m
1991 - Metallica - Metallica - 16m
1995 - Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little - 16m
1994 - Hootie & Blowfish - Cracked Rearview - 16m
1999 - Santana - Supernatural - 15m
1999 - Britney Spears - Baby One More - 14m
1997 - Back Street Boys - Back Street Boys - 14m
1990 - Garth Brooks - No Fences - 14m
1999 - Back Street Boys - Millenium - 13mSoundscan
1991 - Metallica - Metallica - 15,860,000
1997 - Shania Twain - Come On Over - 15,526,000
1995 - Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little - 14,820,000
1999 - Back Street Boys - Millenium - 12,215,000
1992 - Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard - 12,062,000
1999 - Santana - Supernatural - 11,733,000
1999 - Creed - Human Clay - 11,640,000
1996 - Celine Dion - Falling Into You - 10,813,000
1999 - Britney Spears - Baby One More - 10,583,000
1994 - Hootie/Blowfish - Cracked - 10,284,000
8 titles appear on both charts. The 1980's RIAA Shipments
1982 - Michael Jackson - Thriller - 29m
1980 - AC/DC - Back in Black - 22m
1987 - Guns n Roses - Appetite - 18m
1984 - Bruce Springsteen - Born in USA - 15m
1988 - Journey - Greatest Hits - 15m
1985 - Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston - 13m
1984 - Prince - Purple Rain - 13m
1986 - Bon Jovi - Slippery - 12m
1987 - Def Leppard - Hysteria - 12m
1980 - Kenny Rogers - Greatest Hits - 12m Soundscan
1984 - Bob Marley - Legend - 11,269,000
1988 - Journey - Greatest Hits - 8,290,000
1980 - AC/DC - Back in Black - 6,855,000
1985 - Jimmy Buffett - Songs You Know - 6,580,000
1982 - Michael Jackson - Thriller - 6,220,000
1986 - Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill - 5,712,000
1988 - Metallica - Justice For All - 5,515,000
1980 - Aerosmith - Greatest Hits - 5,466,000
1987 - Guns n Roses - Appetite - 5,231,000
1986 - Metallica - Master Of Puppets - 4,768,000
Only 4 titles appear on both lists.
The riaa list reflects the decade - lots of rock music, MTV and no new country.
The soundscan list reflects what still sells from that decade - lots of rock music. The odd one out is the exceptional performance of Bob Marley. Will Island or whoever own it now, please re-certify this album. The 1970's RIAA Shipments
1976 - The Eagles - Greatest 71-75 - 29m
1971 - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Four - 23m
1977 - Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 19m
1976 - Boston - Boston - 17m
1974 - Elton John - Greatest Hits - 16m
1976 - The Eagles - Hotel California - 16m
1973 - Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of the Moon - 15m
1977 - The Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever - 15m
1972 - Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits - 14m
1977 - Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell - 14m Soundscan
1973 - Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 9,439,000
1976 - James Taylor - Greatest Hits - 7,107,000
1976 - Creedence Clearwater - Chronicle - 6,308,000
1978 - Soundtrack - Grease - 6,014,000
1979 - Pink Floyd - The Wall - 5,827,000
1976 - The Eagles - Greatest Hits 71-75 - 5,538,000
1978 - Steve Miller - Greatest Hits 74-78 - 5,528,000
1977 - Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell - 4,745,000
1974 - Elton John - Greatest Hits - 4,623,000
1973 - Janis Joplin - Greatest Hits - 4,351,000
4 titles appear on both lists.
N.B. - Will Columbia and Polydor stop messing around and get Dark Side of the Moon and the Grease soundtrack properly certified. The 1960's RIAA Shipments
1969 - The Beatles - Abbey Road - 12m
1969 - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Two - 12m
1967 - The Beatles - Sgt Pepper - 11m
1967 - Patsy Cline - Greatest Hits - 10m
1968 - The Beatles - White Album - 9.5m
1969 - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin One - 8m
1965 - The Beatles - Rubber Soul - 6m
1967 - The Beatles - Magical Mystery - 6m
1963 - Nat King Cole - Christmas Song - 6m
1966 - The Beatles - Revolver - 5m plus 5 more over 5m
1964 - The Beatles - Meet - 5m
1966 - The Monkees - The Monkees - 5m
1967 - Barbra Streisand - Christmas - 5m
1967 - Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits - 5m
1967 - The Monkees - More Of - 5mSoundscan
1969 - The Beatles - Abbey Road - 4,910,000
1967 - The Beatles - Sgt Pepper - 4,481,000
1967 - Patsy Cline - Greatest Hits - 4,332,000
1968 - The Beatles - White Album - 3,847,000
1965 - Vince Gueraldi - Charlie Brown Christmas - 3,273,000
1965 - The Beatles - Rubber Soul - 2,805,000
1963 - Nat King Cole - Christmas Song - 2,529,000
1969 - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Two - 2,483,000
1966 - The Beatles - Revolver - 2,346,000
1968 - Frank Sinatra - Greatest Hits - 1,946,000
8 titles appear on both lists.
The 2 that don't (Sinatra and Charlie Brown) are both undercertified.
In the 60's (going backwards) we find the first appearance of Christmas Albums.
Obviously this is The Beatles decade, but they don't have things all their own way.
A big surprise is the complete absence of rock music from that time. Led Zeppelin II is there, but was released right at the end of the decade and so almost belongs in the 70's.
The first albums by Jimi Hendrix and The Doors are candidates. However, the Hendrix catalogue has such byzantine complexity that it would impossible to total the sales of an album on all those different labels. Elektra always claimed that a number of years of The Doors sales were "lost". The 1950's RIAA Shipments
1957 - Elvis Presley - Christmas Album - 3m + 10m re-issue
1958 - Elvis Presley - Golden Records Vol One - 6m
1958 - Johnny Mathis - Merry Christmas - 5m
1959 - Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue - 4m
1956 - Original Cast - My Fair Lady - 3m
1958 - Johnny Mathis - Greatest Hits - 3m
1956 - Soundtrack - Oklahoma - 2m Soundscan
1959 - Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue - 3,307,000
1958 - Elvis Presley - Golden Records - 1,356,000
1957 - Elvis Presley - Christmas Album - 1,020,000
This is the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. The Miles Davis album probably sold as much in 2012 as it did on initial release in 1959. No other 50's title is in the same ballpark. It is also the only Original Studio album to feature - everything else is Christmas/Greatest Hits.
In 1956, Elvis's first album was the biggest selling album of the year selling 300,000 copies! Compare that to the nearly 10 million copies sold by N'Sync's No Strings in 2000 - over 30 times the amount.
1950's albums still sell, although at low levels, and both Elvis and Johnny Mathis have 7 gold albums from that period now, with 6 for Frank Sinatra.
In addition, compilations from that era can sell considerably. The Complete 50's Sessions Box Set by Elvis shipped over 400,000. A recent set of Sinatra's 50's material is platinum as is Hank Williams' Greatest Hits.
A few of the Christmas albums from the 1950's have also sold consistently well, maybe close to 1m copies. Unfortunately we lack the soundscan data.1900 - 1949?
OK, no riaa or soundscan figures for albums actually released then. Proper albums only appeared from 1947 onwards - before that they were box sets of 78 rpm records.
However, like the 1950's, material from this time still sells in the form of re-issues.
The Robert Johnson 2CD box from the 1930's went platinum, and material by artists like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller and dozens of others from the mists of time sells fine on CD. Anyone got soundscan information on these!!
One certain million seller is Bing Crosby's Christmas Album
released in 1949, but several of his albums are so titled but with different tracks - so it is impossible to pin down sales of the "original".